1. Our next Q&A session is on the topic of Christmas and dementia.This time we want our Q&A to involve our resident experts, you! Share tips and advice on navigating Christmas here in this thread.

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  1. Porter309

    Porter309 Registered User

    Dec 20, 2015
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    My Mum, 95, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in January 2013. We have coped so far but the last couple of months have seen her have "bathroom accidents". She doesn't remember this happening (and it does only happen infrequently at the moment), but how do I get her to wear some kind of protection? Her carers say I have to arrange this but how???
     
  2. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    59,941
    Female
    Dundee
    #2 Izzy, Dec 20, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2015
    Hi and welcome to TP. I'm glad you found us.

    I'm sorry to hear about your mum but you will get lots of help and support here.

    You need to contact your GP surgery and ask for a referral to the Continence Clinic or continence nurse. They will assess your mum and arrange for her to have appropriate products. I know people sometimes have a hard time getting exactly what they want from the continence service but you need to startling them. If you're told that the referral might take a while Boots and supermarkets sell Tena products (Boots also have their own brands). You could try some of these out with your mum. Perhaps to start with she would accept the pull up pants type. I know these are harder to get from the continence service though.

    There's also a Society Factsheet which might be useful.

    https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=136

    Good luck.
     
  3. charlotte12345

    charlotte12345 Registered User

    Dec 20, 2015
    1
    Ascot, Berks
    #3 charlotte12345, Dec 20, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2015
    Hi, I've only just joined, but as my father as already been through this difficult stage, I would get in touch with your mother's GP surgery, who will probably have a Continence Advisor. They are usually nurses who can recommend the best products, and will help in broaching the subject with your mother. If they suggest the use of pads, they are often free and some places will even arrange regular deliveries. Good luck - hope it goes well. Best wishes, Charlotte
     
  4. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,731
    google your nhs trust with continence service. In some areas you can refer direct, in others the GP has to refer but the Trust site will tell you xx
     
  5. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    6,096
    Male
    Bristol
    #5 nae sporran, Dec 20, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2015
    Continence Nurse via our surgery arranged it all for us. The pads they supply are not the best though and OH has a habit of leaving them in the bathroom on the first overnight visit, so I always buy some absorbent pads for the bed too. These are not cheap, at £10 for 15 sheets, but if you have the money they are worth it to save on laundry.

    Best of luck Porter, Nae Sporran
     
  6. exhausted 2015

    exhausted 2015 Registered User

    Jul 5, 2015
    624
    Female
    stoke on trent
    #6 exhausted 2015, Dec 20, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2015
    Hi porter I have same problem with dad I had to contact his gp to get a referral for the clinic.. They were brilliant they sent me a large box of samples and I had to try them all to see which worked best with dad it was the pull up pants and I now have a regular delivery and they are good quality ones tena.. Hope that it will be as easy for you.. Before getting this sorted I did try supermarket brands which were nearly as good.. Hope this helps best wishes exhausted 2015 xx
     
  7. sleepless

    sleepless Registered User

    Feb 19, 2010
    3,223
    Female
    The Sweet North
    My husband wears pads supplied by the continence service, but I also put a disposable bed pad under him when he is in bed. He doesn't move around much in bed, so this pad protects the sheet.
    I buy them from www.incontinencechoice.co.uk/ and depending on the size, and how many you buy, they cost as little as around 20p each.
     
  8. exhausted 2015

    exhausted 2015 Registered User

    Jul 5, 2015
    624
    Female
    stoke on trent
    I use puppy training sheets on dad's bed and they work fine and a bit cheaper than incontinence products xx
     

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